Learning in the primary years sets patterns for future growth, both in fundamental skills and in the areas of curiosity, motivation, and problem-solving. Lower School boys develop their knowledge and skills in all aspects of growth: physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. A dynamic curriculum, coupled with a commitment to meet the needs of each child, makes the Lower School an inspiring place for learning.
Collegiate’s Lower School does not lend itself to labels such as traditional or progressive. Developmentally appropriate for young boys, the program is structured and challenging yet flexible and comfortable. The boys enjoy coming to school and participating in a vibrant school community.
Lower School classrooms are self-contained. A talented and dedicated head teacher in each class directs the curriculum in language arts, mathematics, social studies, and respect and responsibility. They are supported by assistant teachers, learning specialists, psychologists, and librarians. Subject teachers provide instruction in art, music, physical education, science, and technology. Small group instruction is a fundamental of Collegiate’s Lower School. The boys work in groups of twelve or fewer for a good portion of the school day, and within these groups the work is often individualized.
Just as our boys are learners, so too are the teachers. Working in grade level teams or as a divisional faculty, the curriculum is regularly reviewed and modified. Individuals or groups of teachers regularly attend professional development workshops, conferences, or graduate level courses.
Communication between parents and teachers is an important part of a young student’s education. The teachers are easily reachable by phone, email, or in person. Curriculum Night in October along with weekly classroom newsletters provide parents with information about the year’s curriculum. Each family has a conference with the classroom teachers in November and additional conferences are scheduled as needed throughout the year. Written progress reports are sent home in January and June. Grades are not given in the Lower School.